There’s no shortage of content these days involving “Star Wars” and Nicolas Cage separately, so why not combine those two things together? It won’t happen, according to Cage himself.
Chatting with Collider recently, the topic of the beloved actor’s “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent” co-star Pedro Pascal came up. Pascal, of course, is a big part of the “Star Wars” universe as the lead of “The Mandalorian”.
Cage, doing promotional rounds for his new western “The Old Way,” was asked by the outlet if he had any interest in joining his co-star in some way in the “Star Wars” franchise.
Cage issued a definitive no, saying whilst he had no interest in that universe, he loves to voyage to the final frontier as he’s a big “Star Trek” fan:
“No is the answer. I’m not really down. I’m a Trekkie, man, I’m on the Enterprise. That’s where I roll. I grew up watching William Shatner. I thought Chris Pine was terrific in the movies. I think the movies are outstanding.
I like the political, the sociological – to me, what science fiction is really all about and why it’s such an important genre is that is really where you can really say whatever you want, however you feel, you put it on a different planet, you put it in a different time or in the future and you can – without people just jumping on you.
You can really express your thoughts like Orwell in the science fiction format and Star Trek really embraced that. I thought they got into some serious stuff. I’m not in the Star Wars family, I’m in the Star Trek family.”
Like “Star Wars,” “Star Trek” is flourishing on television right now even as its big screen momentum has stalled in recent years. Paramount was developing a fourth film in the ‘Kelvin Timeline’ features, which starred Chris Pine as Captain Kirk, but that project seems to have been lost in subspace.
Meanwhile, more “Star Trek” is on the way in 2023 with a new season of “Picard” in March, “Strange New Worlds” mid-year and “Discovery” later in the year and more “Lower Decks” on the way.
Cage stars in “The Old Way”, which is currently playing in theaters and recently cited Charles Bronson’s “Once Upon a Time in the West” performance as his biggest inspiration for tackling a western.